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Medicaid program for uninsured adults in Cook County
What is CountyCare?
Important CountyCare Update:

Good news! There is a new health care program for adults in Cook County. This program is called CountyCare. It is operated by the State of Illinois and the Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems (CCHHS). It is a Medicaid program available under healthcare reform.

To join, you need to:

  • Live in Cook County.
  • Be 19-64 years of age.
  • Be a legal immigrant for at least 5 years or be a US citizen.
  • Meet income limits. (Limits are $16,105 of income per year for an individual or $21,707 for a couple).
  • Have a Social Security Number or have applied for one.

If you qualify for Medicaid or Medicare, you cannot join CountyCare.

Individuals in CountyCare will get their health care from Cook County doctors or from community health centers, in your neighborhood. The choice is yours.

Questions? Call us. We are happy to help. We are open Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-2pm.

Call 312-864-8200 or toll free 1-855-444-1661.

Important Update About Healthcare Changes

Did you already apply for CountyCare? Do you already get CountyCare?

If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, we want to tell you that you do not need to take any new action due to healthcare reform changes that started on October 1st.

If you already applied and you are approved for CountyCare, you do not need to anything more.

If you have been denied CountyCare, you should explore other options for health insurance through

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Hours of Operation: 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 9am-2pm Saturday
Phone: 312-864-8200 or toll free 1-855-444-1661
Assistance available for those who are deaf, hard-of hearing, or speech impaired by calling the Illinois Relay – DIAL 711.

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